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I'd really like to use kelp in soap but I always forget to order it, can I use a sheet of nori instead?
I figure I can soak it in a bit of water then blend it and strain through a coarse sieve to get the size I want. or should I try a grinder first?
I'm thinking about trying HP salt bars again and would use the nori in that.
 

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Honestly don't see any issue with that. I think it should go well in a salt bar. :) I would add it to water and blend it. I wouldn't try to grind it. You can also tear it into small peices before you wet/blend it. That will probably help.
 

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I added it to hot water, let it soak for a few minutes then ran it through a bullet blender. It blended up smaller then I though it would and its quite thick.
Not going to scent this bar, I want to see how much kelp comes through.
 

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I added it to hot water, let it soak for a few minutes then ran it through a bullet blender. It blended up smaller then I though it would and its quite thick.
Not going to scent this bar, I want to see how much kelp comes through.
That sounds really interesting! I'll be waiting for an update on how it came out.

I have sheets of nori that I know I will never use, and this sounds like a great way to use it and make a great product.
 

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I'm interested to see how your soap comes out too. I have some nori that I wanted to use also, I had cut it into small pieces, but some of the sheets are pretty thick, and I was worried that it might end up being "scratchy." I have a Nutribullet too, so maybe that's the way to go. You said it came out kind of thick. I wonder if you didn't soak it first, and just pulsed it, and soaked it later? I remember seeing some soap with pieces of nori in it and thought it looked interesting. Never thought about the logistics of getting it to look that way! Ah, I found the pic, here it is.

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Not sure if I should have used a full sheet in a 1 lb batch but it looks good, a bit greener then I was going for though. My recipe called for 6oz of water, half of that I used to make the nori slurry, the other half was for the lye.

I waited until the soap had cooked some before adding the nori, I should have added to the oils at the beginning. I have a few white bits from where I didn't get it mixed into the soap all the way. No noticeable scent.

This turned out really well for HP, especially since its a salt bar. Only used 25% salt this time, I didn't want it to turn into concrete in the crock like it did last time I tried to HP salt bars.

Tops, a bit washed out from the flash


cut sides


closer
 

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Very pretty. I like it although I'm sad to hear the scent did not pull through...
 

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Yeah, I was hoping for a low tide scent but at the same time, now I know I can scent this with anything and the nori won't come through.

I couldn't wait to try this, as soon as I knew it was zap free I test washed to see if the nori would be scratchy. So far its not, I can feel the texture but its totally soft and a bit weird.

This was my first time using 25% salt and I think its my best salt bar yet. Thick fluffy lather but in larger amounts then any other salt bar. I literally had a handful of lather that was dense as cool whip. I will be using 25% salt for now on. Can't wait until this one is cured.
 

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That is some pretty soap - what a great idea!
 

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I wonder can you put strips in clear M&P to look like an underwater scene? I have this idea for a soap..... :)
 
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